Council tax will be set for East Lindsey tonight
EAST Lindsey residents will soon know how much they will have to pay in council tax for the forthcoming year.
East Lindsey District Council is set to agree its budget and council tax tonight when the full council will meet at Tedder Hall in Manby.
For 2013/14 the council needed to find £1.6 million in savings from its running costs to balance its books due to reduced Government funding and cost rises in utilities such as fuel and electricity. For 2014/15, the council needs to find a further £2 million due to a further 13 per cent reduction in Government funding and inflationary costs.
The budget for 2013/14, if approved by the council tonight, will see the majority of homes in East Lindsey paying an additional seven pence per week for district council services.
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This will be the first increase in three years.
The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel has approved a two per cent rise in the money Lincolnshire Police will receive through council tax.
The increase will cost the average rate payer an extra seven pence a week.
Lincolnshire County Council has frozen its share in council tax for the third consecutive year - the first time in the authority’s history.
The freeze in council tax was made possible thanks to an additional Government grant.
Over the last two years, the council has found savings of around £80 million, while also protecting priority services, like child protection, the fire service, and road maintenance.
The authority needs to make a further £45 million of savings over the next two years.
Some residents in the district are also facing some increases in their council tax for money which goes towards services provided by their town or parish council.